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  1. Updates from Tuesday 29 May until Friday 1 June 2018

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  1. Weather: Staying dry overnight with sunshine tomorrow

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    Tonight looks set to continue being dry with mostly clear skies and just a few patches of cloud from time to time.

    There will be a gentle south-westerly breeze.

    Minimum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F)

    Weather for Jersey and Guernsey

    Saturday is expected to remain dry and fine with some prolonged spells of sunshine and just a little patchy cloud at times.

    Winds will be mostly light.

    Maximum temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F)

  2. Appeal to former Lieutenant governor Cadets in Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    All former Lieutenant governor Cadets are being invited to a reunion at Government House for the first time.

    The first cadets were appointed 30 years ago in 1988.

    cadets
    Image caption: The 2017-2018 cadets at Government House with Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder

    Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder says it's an "excellent scheme" and is looking forward to seeing former participants.

    The event is being held on 15 December and islanders are being asked for help contacting former cadets.

    It's believed there are around 70 eligible individuals out there, some of whom may be living outside of Guernsey.

  3. Cervical cancer screenings now free in Jersey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A £16 fee for smear tests at the Le Bas Centre has been dropped from today by the States of Jersey.

    In April, when the decision was made to drop the fee, Former Health Minister, Andrew Green, said the department would be looking to expand the free smear tests to GPs in the island "by the end of the year".

    Women can now go to the Le Bas Centre for their three yearly or five yearly screenings.

    Dr Nigel Minihane, Chair of the Primary Care Body - which represents GPs in Jersey - said the move was a "positive step" until advances in technology allow self-testing, which would make early detection of cervical cancer easier.

  4. New minister to reconsider 'foreshore claims'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The infrastructre department says it will consider a complaints board ruling that the States acted "unfairly" towards two property owners in Jersey.

    One of the owners says he was fined £30,000 by the government after he tried to sell his house in Greve d'Azette, St Clement, which was found to be encroaching on the foreshore, owned by the States.

    The former infrastructure minister, Eddie Noel, said the public owned the land and had the right to be compensated, so the matter went to a complaints panel, who ruled in the home owner's favour.

    The complaints panel has ruled the States now needs to revise its policy on foreshore encroachment and refund the home owners.

    Quote Message: We will consider the findings of the Complaints Board regarding the handling of foreshore encroachment claims, and discuss our response with our new Minister when he / she joins us.
    Quote Message: The Minister has two months to make an official response to the Board. Until then it is premature to make any further comment." from Department for Infrastructure
    Department for Infrastructure
  5. States could re-establish divers' medical facility

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Authorities in Jersey are looking at "reviewing" the treatment options for divers suffering from decompression sickness.

    In April, a spokesman for the island's health department said it was told "with no prior warning" the Jersey Hyperbaric Treatment Centre had been closed - the only hyperbaric chamber in Jersey.

    scuba divers

    The chamber is used to treat conditions such as the bends.

    Ports of Jersey said the centre released a statement saying it had closed because of "a withdrawal of States funding" and it was unable to "maintain staff competence" in operating the chamber.

    A States spokesman said the government had been making "considerable effort" to speak to the centre's operators about funding since 2015, but they were unresponsive and funding was stopped. They added the health department and Ports of Jersey was looking to "re-establish" a facility on the island, as transporting patients to Guernsey was "not a satisfactory long-term option".

    The nearest hyperbaric chamber, at Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey, costs £30,000 per treatment.

  6. Fraudster jets around the world – owing over £60m

    Jersey Evening Post

    A convicted Jersey fraudster has been living a luxury lifestyle – taking private jets and first-class flights around the world – despite claiming he cannot access any of his accounts to pay back the £65m he owes UK taxpayers.

  7. Jersey declining crab numbers part of UK problem

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There has been a decline in the number of chancre crabs being found in Jersey waters.

    chancre crabs

    Approximately 500 tonnes (500,000 kg) were landed in 2012, but last year this fell to about 300 tonnes (300,000 kg).

    Don Thompson from the Jersey Fishing Association said the decline is part of a UK wide problem, and businesses in the island who sell crab meat to restaurants and supermarkets were finding it "very difficult" to get enough.

    He added there is currently no research to shed light on the cause of the problem, although young crabs are vulnerable to disruption while travelling from nesting places in the north sea to the British Isles.

  8. Deputy hints at non-UK style party politics for Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A senior politician in Guernsey has said he would be in favour of party politics in the island, but not like the UK system.

    The island's first ever referendum will take place in October to decide on the voting system for the next election in two year's time.

    Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq says he would be in favour of a new system of government involving parties.

    Recently political groups have emerged in Guernsey such as Charter 2018 and the Islanders Association, with politicians joining forces without committing to vote as a block.

    Deputy Le Tocq says the island should look to British Overseas Territories, such a Gibraltar, for influence, and the coalition system used in these islands would be "an improvement" on the Guernsey's current system.

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  9. 'Outrageous' speech from Bailiff as politicians sworn in

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A politician in Jersey has described parts of the speech made by the Bailiff as newly elected politicians were sworn into the States Assembly as "outrageous".

    Bailiff
    Image caption: Sir William Bailhache has been Bailiff since 2015

    The speech made references to an upcoming debate on whether to abolish the Bailiff's role as the speaker in the assembly, which some members feel is not appropriate due to the Bailiff also being the head of the island's law courts.

    Under the principle of the separation of powers, in the UK, the Speaker of the House of Commons, MP John Bercow, is elected by other politicians to the post and has no connection to the judiciary.

    Newly sworn in States member heard the Bailiff, Sir William Bailhache, say debates so far have been "unhelpful" and had an "inhibiting effect" on his role as presiding officer.

    He said he hoped the issue would not continue to be debated "over and over again" claiming it "damages" the Bailiff's position as civic head and the reputation of the States.

    On the upcoming debate on whether to have a referendum, he said he hoped it would happen to "put the issue to bed".

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    The BBC has approached the Bailiff for comment.

  10. Reform could back either candidate for chief minister

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The head of Reform Jersey says the party has yet to decide which candidate it will be supporting for Jersey's next chief minister.

    Senator-elect Sam Mezec will be joined in the new States Assembly by four other party members who are expected to vote together.

    Newly elected politicians are being sworn in today and the chief minister will be chosen on Monday.

    Mr Mezec said he was "pleased" with the discussions the party has already had with Senator Ian Gorst and Senator-elect John Le Fondre, who seemed to have entered the "constructive" talks "in good faith".

    He says there are arguments for backing both candidates, or neither.

    Sam Mezec
  11. Concerns for historic bunker site up for sale

    Sarah Bailey

    Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Jersey

    Heritage experts in Jersey say the future of a piece of the island's coastland up for sale is a cause for concern.

    The area of sand dunes on the coastal park at St Ouen's Bay, north of La Braye, which is currently protected, includes a German World War Two bunker.

    St Ouen’s bay

    Charles Alluto, the head of the National Trust for Jersey, says it cannot afford to buy the land without help from the States. He is concerned its sale to private owners could put it at risk of erosion with developments popping up over time.

    "You get extra parking, small retail outlets or cafes that can nibble away and over time you lose the quality of the landscape."

    He says the island's population has meant increased pressures on beauty spots, which needs to be balanced with safeguarding what people come to enjoy.

  12. First Morrisons Daily opens in Jersey with 15 more to come

    Jersey Evening Post

    The first Morrisons Daily store in Jersey has opened in St Ouen, with a further 15 outlets on the cards for the island by the autumn.

  13. Islander picks up cigarette butts from dawn until dusk

    Guernsey Press

    Hundreds of cigarette butts were picked up yesterday by a man who is on a mission to make Guernsey a tidier place.

  14. Speed limits for the summer months to start

    Stephanie Gabbatt

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Seasonal speed limits will start across Guernsey from tomorrow and remain until the end of September.

    In Vazon from the Martello Tower to Fort Houmet access road the speed limit has been lowered from 35mph (56 km/h) to 25mph (40 km/h).

    It'll be the same speed limit on Route De la Lague and Route De Rocquaine from the Imperial Hotel to La Route du Coudre.

    Petit Bot Road will also become one way during the day - from the Petit Bot Tearooms to Le Page from 10:00 to 19:00 daily.

  15. Does the UK care about Guernsey?

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The UK is "not really interested" in Guernsey while undertaking Brexit negotiations, according to Deputy Peter Ferbrache.

    Speaking on BBC Guernsey's Halfway Special - which is analysing how politicians have performed mid-way through the political term - Deputy Ferbrache commended the Policy and Resources Committee in their efforts to represent the island's interests on the international stage.

    But when asked whether the UK cared about Guernsey's input, he replied, "No, not really."

    Peter Ferbrache

    Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq - who sits on the Policy and Resources Committee - said it was "the way of the world."

    He said a more encouraging sign in the lead up to Brexit is Guernsey's relationship with France, which he described as "better than we've ever had".